Wednesday, 13 July 2016 06:49

THERESA MAY should ditch her own 'nasy party' past

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RIGHT-WING RECORD WILL ‘SET ALARM BELLS RINGING’ IN SCOTLAND

The Scottish National Party has called on Theresa May to heed her own advice and pledge to change course from her ‘nasty party’ past when she becomes Prime Minister today (Wednesday).

SNP Civil Liberties spokesperson, Anne McLaughlin MP, said Theresa May’s past record would ‘set the alarm bells ringing’ in Scotland as it suggested she would lead a right-wing Tory government that ‘lacks compassion, fails to respect human rights, and will worsen poverty and inequality’.

Theresa May’s record in government and opposition, includes:

  • The xenophobic ‘Go Home’ advertising campaign she ran as Home Secretary, her senseless approach to immigration, and her refusal to rule out the mass deportation of EU nationals.
  • Her opposition to accepting the UK’s fair share of Syrian refugees – including vulnerable lone child refugees – despite her full support for the bombing campaign in Syria.
  • Her opposition to equality and human rights, including leading the charge to scrap the Human Rights Act and leave the European Convention on Human Rights, and her poor personal voting record on LGBTI equality and support for disabled people.
  • Her failure to tackle poverty including her decision upon becoming Home Secretary to scrap a legal requirement on public bodies to address social and economic inequality.
  • Her full support for the Tory government’s austerity drive that has held back the economy, damaged public services and hit ordinary families and the most vulnerable hardest – including cuts to disabled people’s personal independence payments to pay for tax cuts for millionaires.

Commenting Anne McLaughlin MP said:

“Theresa May’s appalling right-wing record will set the alarm bells ringing in Scotland and suggests she will lead a Tory government that lacks compassion, fails to respect human rights, and will worsen poverty and inequality.

“As Home Secretary she has been personally responsible for some of the worst policies pursued by the Tories – her xenophobic ‘Go Home’ vans, her opposition to protecting child refugees, her senseless approach to immigration, and her refusal to rule out the mass deportation of EU nationals.

“Her record on poverty and inequality is just as bad – one of her first acts as Home Secretary was to scrap the duty on public bodies to tackle inequality, she led the charge to scrap the Human Rights Act and leave the ECHR, and as an MP she voted against basic equality for LGBTI people – opposing an equal age of consent and voting to retain Thatcher’s homophobic Section 28.

“Her support for the Tories’ austerity drive has been unwavering – she bears responsibility for the damage it has done to the economy, our public services, and the negative impact it has had on increasing inequality – cutting support for the disabled, ordinary families and the most vulnerable while giving tax breaks to millionaires.

“Before the EU referendum the SNP warned that Brexit could lead to a Tory government even more right-wing than David Cameron’s. All the signs now suggest that prediction looks set to be reality.

“If Theresa May truly wants to govern in the interests of all people and all nations in the UK she should heed her own advice and change course from her nasty party past.”

Notes:

The xenophobic ‘Go Home’ advertising campaign run by Theresa May as Home Secretary.

Theresa May lead campaign to scrap Human Rights Act.

Theresa May's failure to tackle poverty including her decision upon becoming Home Secretary to scrap a legal requirement on public bodies to address social and economic inequality.

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